Settlers Inc. to explore ‘Crossroads of America’

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Settlers Inc. wants to share notes on Fort Wayne’s history while showcasing a home that serves as a relic of those early years.

The lecture series “Celebrating Indiana: Crossroads of America” continues Thursday, Feb. 8, at Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. The program “Presidential Crossroads” will be presented from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. for refreshments, program display and social time.

“The Swinney Homestead, of course, is one of the oldest homes in the city, but we treat it as an artifact,” Settlers Inc. President Linda Black said. “It’s a collection of artifacts but the home itself is an artifact.”

The “Crossroads” lecture series began in October. Individual classes are still available for $20 to nonmembers. Contact Gen Dornbush at (260) 897-2036 to confirm availability and to make reservations. The programs are for ages 14 or older; anyone 14-18 must attend with an adult.

Other remaining programs are at the same morning hours:

• March 8 — “Crossroads of Travel”;

• April 12 — “Crossroads of Innovation”; and,

• May 10 — “Crossroads of Fashion.”

Black said the Feb. 8 program will focus on the number of vice presidents, presidential contenders and a U.S. president from Indiana.

The March 8 program will discuss the numbers of people who passed through Fort Wayne or stopped in Fort Wayne via covered wagon, the rivers or by canal.

The April 12 program will discuss inventions and innovations from throughout Indiana.

“Then in May we’ll have fun with ‘The Crossroads of Fashion,’ ” Black said. “The Settlers own quite a number of costumes of all different kinds and fashion pieces that we’re going to be enjoying when we present that program. We have hats and some shoes and a variety of costumes that have come to us at different times.”

Settlers Inc. operates programs from the Swinney House, which is owned by the City of Fort Wayne. Visit settlersinc.org for more information on the Settlers’ history and programs.